Even if there is not a physical injury, it is
important to find help if you think abuse or neglect has occurred. If you are
Domestic abuse (intimate partner violence): call the
National Domestic Violence Hotline to help you find resources in your area.
Call the hotline toll-free: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233). For more information, see the topic
Child abuse and neglect: Call a local social service or mental health department. Many
social service agencies involved with child abuse investigation also offer
services to parents who need help with anger and stress. Agencies are listed in
the phone book, usually under your state's Department of Social Services,
Protective Services, Social and Rehabilitative Services, or Children and Family
Services. For more information, see the topic
Child Abuse and Neglect or
Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Elder abuse: Call the National Directory of Hotlines and Crisis Intervention
Centers for a referral to services offered in your area: 1-800-999-9999 or TDD
1-800-999-9915. For more information, see the topic
If a visit to a health professional is not needed immediately, see the Home Treatment section for self-care information.